Bajhang || A district where Kedarnath is located

Bajhang || A district where Kedarnath is located

Bajhang

Bajhang District is a part of Sudurpashchim Pradesh. It is one of the seventy-seven districts of Nepal. Chainpur which is the part of Jaya Prithvi Municipality is its district headquarters. It covers an area of 3,422 km2 and has a population of 195,159 according to the census 2011.

The district is surrounded by Bajura and Humla in the East, Baitadi and Darchula in the West, Humla in the North and Doti and Achham in the South. The district is located between 29°29′ and 30°09′ north longitude, and 80°46′ and 81°34 east latitude.

Lack of physical infrastructure presents a major challenge to accessibility and service delivery in Bajhang. The only option to get to the district is the Khodpe-Bajhang road, also known as Jaya Prithivi Bahadur Singh Road, which runs the 109km from Khodpe of Baitadi and connects to the Bajhang DHQ. There is also an airport located close to the DHQ; however, flights have not operated regularly for two years.

In Bajhang, women suffer from gender-based violence and domestic violence, gender-based discrimination in education, in household chores and in nutrition, as well as differential social and cultural norms. In 96% of all households, women own neither the house nor any land in Bajhang, although a quarter of all households are headed by women in the district. Caste-based discrimination is also still common in most communities in Bajhang. The situation in District Headquarters is improving, however, Dalits still do not freely share space with the people of other castes and sometimes are not allowed to use common wells, taps or other water resources.

The major religious spot in this region is Kedarnath, Khaptad baba mandir, Ram mandir etc. Out of the total population, 75.5% speak Nepali, 23.5% other and 0.5% Doteli as their first language.

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